Search Results: "Dean Bakopoulos"


BOOK REVIEW

MY AMERICAN UNHAPPINESS by Dean Bakopoulos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2011

"A dark entertainment infused by a bluesy yearning for a better America."
Novels about downward spirals and crack-ups are generally gloomy affairs, but here's one that shimmers with mischief and offbeat charm. Read full book review >

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PLEASE DON’T COME BACK FROM THE MOON by Dean Bakopoulos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Bakopoulos doesn't make a single wrong move, seamlessly integrating the magic-realism elements into the rest. A dazzling debut that's both earthy and anguished as hope battles despair, with heartbreak always just below the surface."
Where have all the fathers gone? Read full book review >

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SUMMERLONG by Dean Bakopoulos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"A well-intentioned and provocative, if messy, attempt to mess with the stock themes of domesticity."
An Iowa college town is ground zero for a host of relationship dramas in this provocative, sultry tale. Read full book review >

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THE GREEN SHORE by Natalie Bakopoulos
Released: June 5, 2012

"Because Bakopoulos has meticulously researched the period, Athens effectively becomes a character as real as the family she lovingly delineates, and her street scenes disclose the scorching reality of persecution and maltreatment in this sordid time."
A family's life and loves play out amidst the political turmoil of the military coup (aka "The Regime of the Colonels") in Greece in 1967. Read full book review >

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OLD MACDONALD HAD A FARM by James Dean
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"'Old MacDonald' for narcoleptics. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The heavy-lidded cat with a cult following dons overalls for a trip to the farm. Read full book review >

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PETE THE CAT: PLAY BALL! by James Dean
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"No home run here. (Early reader. 3-5)"
Ultracool Pete the Cat turns his attention to baseball. Read full book review >

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CITY BIRDS by Dean Norman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"While Norman's book is pleasing and upbeat, it is only a cursory glance, lacking any real substance. (Graphic nonfiction. 6-10)"
A graphic novel tells the story of two urban falcons raising their young high upon a Midwestern edifice. Read full book review >

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SPOOK THE HALLOWEEN CAT by Dean Norman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"A well-meaning narrative fail. (Graphic fiction. 7-10)"
On Halloween, a series of events leads to a young girl, a helpful man, a lost cat, a friendly witch, and an excitable dog crossing paths with mixed results. Read full book review >

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A YEAR ON MONHEGAN ISLAND by Julia Dean
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1995

"Dean's first book is a fine study of a tiny community that manages to remain stable despite unusual pressures. (Nonfiction. 9- 11)"
An intriguing visit to a rocky island off the Maine coast; a tourist mecca in the summer, almost completely isolated the rest of the year. Read full book review >

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PETE THE CAT AND THE NEW GUY by James Dean
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Lackluster text, muddy message, poor character development: not cool. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Pete the Cat tries to find an inclusive activity for the "new guy" in town. Read full book review >

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FORGET ME NOT by Carolee Dean
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"This blend of fantasy and potent reality succeeds. (Fiction. 13-18)"
A novel in verse tells the intertwined stories of teen classmates Ally and Elijah as they deal with the pressures of high school and the consequences of deadly decisions. Read full book review >